The Tony Awards 2018 chose to officially kick things off on Sunday night with something that was lighthearted, something that was cheeky, and also something that featured hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles front and center. It shouldn’t come as much of a shock to anyone that it was very much musical.
The two hosts kicked things off tonight with a performance that was themed very much around the concept of toasting and celebrating the losers, otherwise known as the people who show up, get to be a part of the Tonys, but don’t end up getting to walk the stage. Shockingly, we learned through this that Groban and Bareilles really haven’t won all that much in their careers, even though they are thought of as two of the best performers out there. With that, they can relate to the experience of not winning — but also the gratitude that comes with being in the audience and getting a chance to see your show recognized.
In the end, the overall message of this particular opening was quite simple: It really doesn’t matter whether or not you win, given that getting a chance to do what you love is a reward in itself. Being at the Tonys, after all, is the sort of stuff that most people dream about! Only so many performers make it to New York, and of those people only a select few get to end up in Radio City Music Hall as audience members.
One thing that felt like an especially nice touch was how there were ensemble members from all of the nominated musicals in the final number at the end. It was a powerful way to recognize some of these hard-working performers; beyond just that, isn’t it possible that some of these people are also walking along the Tony stage at some point in the future?
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